Ciape was invited as a key-note speaker at the 8th ICQAHEA on the multidimentions of innovation in higher education in Africa, to talk about TECLO project funded by the Erasmus Plus Programme- Knowledge Alliance and aiming at creating new educational tools addressed to managers operating in the textile and clothing sector.
The conference was held at NamPower Convention Centre in Namibia and was co-financed and co-organised by the European Commission.
During the conference the different dimensions of innovation in African higher education were presented as well as the activities of the African Union Commission and its partners such as the Pan African Quality Assurance and Accreditation Framework, African Quality Rating Mechanism, Pan African University and CESA.
A particular focus was dedicated to Erasmus Plus – Capacity Building. Results of projects involving African universities were presented and suggestions on how to present a successful project proposal were given. A specific attention was given to the following topics: open and innovative education and training: innovative pedagogies, fostering cooperation with the broader local community, social partners and business, boosting availability and quality of open and digital educational resources community, and in the area of higher education in particular, promoting funding models, which attract private actors, capital and cost-sharing, where appropriate.
Two successful Knowledge Alliances projects were presented as examples of public/private partnerships in the EU, where higher education providers, business and the public sector enhance collaboration for mutual benefits in education. CIAPE was invited as representative of TECLO project, which is now in its final phase. Desiree Scalia presented the innovative aspects of the project, focusing in particular on how business and education collaborated in the development of the project outputs.